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Veterinary Medicine Library closure

Starting June 1, 2020, the Veterinary Medicine Library will vacate its current location in the college. Aside from the space itself, veterinary medicine faculty and students will still have access to the same resources and services supported by the University Library system.

After lengthy evaluation of library use and discussion with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) regarding their library support needs, the University Library has decided to close the WCVM library location.

An analysis of the location’s circulation statistics and the number of library visitors shows that the Veterinary Medicine Library is no longer used widely or frequently enough to justify continued investment in its operation. Closing the WCVM library location will allow the University Library to maximize staff support for other areas of need; the closure will also address the growing demand for space at the WCVM.

Books and journals in the Veterinary Medicine Library will be re-shelved across the University Library system, mainly in the Science Library and the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library. Location will be determined based on other materials in the libraries. For example, books related to animal behaviour and toxicology will be stored at the Science Library while books related to human anatomy and general physiology will be located at the Health Sciences Library.

While the library will no longer occupy space in the college, we will continue to support teaching and learning at the WCVM in the following ways:

  • A liaison librarian will continue to be available to assist undergraduate and graduate students as well as WCVM faculty, staff and practicing veterinarians.
  • Users can continue using the search function at the library’s website to find a resource’s location and to place holds on library materials for pick-up at their preferred library location.
  • Users will have enhanced access to library materials through a more streamlined document delivery service. Library staff will scan requested journal articles and book chapters and send them to users as PDF documents.
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